John Swartzberg, MD discusses the reasons why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American College of Gastroenterology and American Cancer Society do not recommend virtual colonoscopy–and why colonoscopy is the recommended colorectal cancer prevention test.
Visit the American College of Gastroenterology’s new blog for all the latest highlights from the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting including featured abstracts with author commentary, expert insights. virtual press briefings and more.
Virginia gastroenterologists Dr. David Balaban and Dr. David Johnson authored an op-ed to counter a recent Huffington Post blog post about CT colonography. They review the evidence in their piece, “Five Reasons Why Colonoscopy is Better than CT Colonography.” The Huffington Post/Post50 (9/12)
ACG, AGA, and ASGE Presidents wrote an article in KevinMD about the meaningful and measurable progress made against colorectal cancer incidence and the danger in reduced reimbursement. KevinMD.com (8/8/14)
For the 5 to 15 percent of Americans who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, managing chronic symptoms — constipation, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal pain — can be an exercise in frustration. Contradictory advice from doctors, nutritionists, and well-meaning friends, on which foods to avoid or which supplements or medications to take, can drive IBS sufferers crazy. Boston Globe (8/7/14)
Guidelines from the American College of Gastroenterology will have IBS patients and their doctors questioning what they thought they knew about keeping gut symptoms under control. Healthline (8/8/14)
ACG has joined with AGA and ASGE on an important initiative, The Value of Colonoscopy: Saving Lives Through Expert Care, to further highlight the value of colonoscopy and the gastroenterologists who perform this life-saving procedure. Visit valueofcolonoscopy.org to learn more.
Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study. These fluctuations could lead to monitoring systems that might help detect and ease flare-ups for people with certain chronic illnesses, such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), the researchers said. HealthDay (7/25/14)
In an extensive review of the evidence published in 2010 in the journal Pediatrics, an expert committee concluded that probiotics might limit the course of virus-caused diarrhea in otherwise healthy infants and children. But the committee said there was not sufficient evidence to justify routine use of probiotics to prevent rotavirus-caused diarrhea in child care centers. Nor did the committee endorse taking probiotics during pregnancy and nursing or giving them to infants to prevent allergic disorders in those at risk. NYT (7/21/14)
The American College of Gastroenterology has released new guidelines on the management of benign disorders of anorectal function and/or structure, updated with research data through 2013. Healio (7/7/14)